Dec 30, 2014 | In: Enabling Factors
2014 leaves us with a number of mega-innovations that feel tantalizingly close to becoming part of—and improving—our daily lives. The driverless car. Commercial applications of graphene. Reliable, accessible renewable energy. Personalized medicine based on our genome. The reinvention of commercial air travel as a relaxing, invigorating experience. Okay—that last one may be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the best expressions of innovation, as with charity, begin at home. With that thought, I leave you, the innovation practitioner, with a couple wishes for the new year.
Sep 09, 2014 | In: Enabling Factors
Organizations, embracing innovation, have taken the seemingly logical step of designating people to help “foment a culture of innovation.” Enter the chief innovation officer.
Aug 26, 2014 | In: Life Cycle Processes
Organizations that pursue the inquiry-led form of collaborative innovation often have an outcome in mind. They may seek the “low-hanging fruit” of immediately actionable ideas. They may seek ideas that help to re-envision the business. In this article innovation architect Doug Collins reflects on how the savvy practitioner manages the challenge question formation process to help the sponsor achieve their desired goals. The key? Knowing how to dial up and dial back the level of transformation incumbent within each question.
Aug 12, 2014 | In: Life Cycle Processes
Engagement matters on the front end of innovation. Tangible results matter on the back end. Organizations that pursue the practice of collaborative innovation seek, ultimately, actionable ideas: ideas whose implementation yields benefits.
Jul 29, 2014 | In: Enabling Factors
Our columnist Doug Collins began the Dirty Maple Flooring Company tale last fall. Twenty episodes later, the story in which Dirty Maple embraces collaborative innovation has come to an end.
Chief strategist Charlie Bangbang has experienced the first evolution of his practice of collaborative innovation at Dirty Maple by applying the blueprint. What lessons does he take about innovation management? About crowdsourcing? About leadership?
Jul 02, 2014 | In: Life Cycle Processes, Serialized Books, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
How might we measure our practice of collaborative innovation? What story do we tell by the factors we identify and the indicators we track? Does the plot interest our audience?
Jun 17, 2014 | In: Strategies, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
What might a virtuous circle of collaborative innovation look like? In this episode, our protagonists Charlie and Frankie review how the design of their practice reinforces itself from strategy to planning to execution to governance.
Jun 03, 2014 | In: Serialized Books, Strategies, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
In this episode, Charlie shares with Frankie a map for how the organization might track the ideas surfaced through the Idea Mill Program. Are all ideas created equally? How might we tie the right metrics to the right ideas?
May 20, 2014 | In: Enabling Factors, Serialized Books, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
In this episode, the leaders of the Idea Mill Program for Collaborative Innovation engage Dirty Maple CEO Harry Lundstrom to secure funding for the long term. How might the organization fund a collaborative innovation program—and justify doing so? What space—physical and conceptual—does this funding open for people?
May 06, 2014 | In: Life Cycle Processes, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
Part fifteen of the series finds our protagonist Charlie Bangbang mulling sustainability. How might he help Dirty Maple sustain the momentum generated by the launch of their first collaborative innovation challenge? What motivates people to continue to engage? Is innovation part of everyone’s day job? Is leadership?
Apr 22, 2014 | In: Life Cycle Processes, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
Part fourteen of the series finds our leader Charlie Bangbang and his team resolving their first collaborative innovation challenge for the Idea Mill Program. How did it go? What did they do? And, is it to serve mett wurst for lunch, ahead of an afternoon collaboration session?
Mar 18, 2014 | In: Strategies
Time represents the persistent, substantive constraint to being effective within an organization. Can you have a moment of a sponsor’s time to share the benefits of collaborative innovation? Does the sponsor and challenge team perceive you as respecting their time once you persuade them to pursue the practice with you?
Mar 05, 2014 | In: Serialized Books, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
Part thirteen of the series finds our leader Charlie Bangbang at a crossroads. The Idea Mill Program for Collaborative Innovation has gone well. The Dirty Maple Flooring Company has already seen—or has perhaps felt—at this early date the effects of positive change, as people begin to express their potential for leadership in new and compelling ways. What possibilities are worth pursuing now?
Feb 18, 2014 | In: Organization & Culture, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age
Part twelve of the series finds the Idea Mill Program for collaborative innovation bearing fruit in authentic, unexpected ways. Do we have the courage to nurture the right environment in the knowledge—the faith—that good outcomes will result? That people will see the chance to realize their potential for leadership, and take it? Lastly, is it wise, ever, to order the vegetarian special menu for lunch at the local watering hole that features scenes from the hunt on its walls?